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The Make Believe Issue

New Zealand Made Trolling Illegal Last Month

Revenge pornographers and 4chan racists better watch out.
Zach Sokol
The Make Believe Issue

Why Chad's Muslim Population Didn't Oppose the Country's Burka Ban

In June, the government announced that burkas, turbans, and other religious face coverings would be banned nationwide. Interestingly, local Muslims raised seemingly little outcry.
Mark Hay
The Make Believe Issue

Azerbaijan Is Trying to Attract Tourism with Its Crude Oil Spas

While getting your crude oil all over the place is usually frowned upon, there's one town in Azerbaijan that's tied its fortune to dunking tourists in the stuff.
Ryan Max
The Make Believe Issue

A New Law Could Allow Norwegian Children to Legally Change Their Gender

In the past, to legally change your gender in Norway, you were required to go through psychological evaluations, sex-reassignment surgery, and sterilization.
Hugo Anderholm
The Make Believe Issue

New Research Suggests the Ancient Greeks Believed in Zombies

In a new paper in Popular Archaeology, one anthropologist claims the Greeks "imagined scenarios in which reanimated corpses rose from their graves, prowled the streets, and stalked unsuspecting victims."
Rory Tolan
The Make Believe Issue

Google's Deep Dream for Dummies

A primer for the artificial visualization phenomena for those who missed the internet hype.
Emerson Rosenthal
The Skammerz Ishu

This Water Is Full of Bullshit

How much are you willing to pay for 33 ounces of bottled water? Your answer probably ranges from “About a buck” to “Nothing, asshole, water should be free.”
Markus Lust
The Skammerz Ishu

Canadian Medical Schools Love Pharmaceutical Companies

Over the past decade, prescription pills have become the latest drug-epidemic bogeyman. A study published earlier this year claimed that one in four American teenagers have misused medications at least once—a 33 percent increase from 2008—and OxyContin...
Angela Hennessy
The Skammerz Ishu

How to Fake Your Own Death

Most people have probably fantasized about staging their own grisly demise as a way to escape their problems (and/or cash in on life insurance) à la Krusty the Clown or (spoiler) Batman in that third Christopher Nolan movie. But it’s hard to disappear...
Julian Morgans
The Skammerz Ishu

This Guy Thinks All Pro Sports Are Rigged

What do Super Bowl III, the 2012 Olympic badminton tournament, the 2011 Cricket World Cup semifinals, and the 2012 Manny Pacquiao–Timothy Bradley fight have in common? According to Brian Tuohy, they were all fixed.
Zach Lucini
The Skammerz Ishu

Stolen Puppy Photography

A few years ago, Florida-based photographer Mary Lundberg decided to spread some awareness about abused canines by crafting portraits of the adorable animals she met while working at a shelter. When she put them online, however, they got stolen by...
Mitchell Sunderland
The What Da Fug You Lookin’ At Issue

Romanians Are Slaughtering Packs of Stray Dogs

In early September, stray dogs attacked and killed a four-year-old child near a park in Bucharest, Romania. That incident highlighted one of the biggest problems facing the capital city today, where about 64,000 ownerless canines roam the streets.
Mihai Popescu